Allerton Drive Road’s Poor Condition

Residents will be well aware that the road surface in Allerton Drive is poor in parts and particularly bad between Ebor Way and Montague Walk. This particular section of the road has actually been a concern of Nether Poppleton Parish Council for some time and featured on the monthly agenda for more than two years.

The Local Authority has set standards (like depth) for the repairing of potholes or leaving them but it is not as clear with an overall road. With the road at best a pain to drive on and at worst likely to cause accidents your parish councillors are continuing to urge City of York Council to resurface it as soon as possible.

At the September Parish Council meeting the road was again discussed and the clerk will once again contact the council’s highways staff to ask where the road is on the list of priorities and urge for action to

Threat to Poppleton Youth Club

The Poppleton Youth Club is on the brink of having to close.

You will have heard that Poppleton Ousebank School evicted the club from the room which they had occupied for over 30 years and shared with PopSoc.

We have been looking for a new venue ever since – which has been difficult because possible alternative venues have been closed during COVID, although we have a couple of leads.

Now several members of the management committee have resigned or indicated that they wish to resign.

If the Youth Club is to continue, the management committee urgently needs new members. None of the existing committee have children or even grandchildren who attend the club, so new support from parents and grandparents is essential.

The Youth Club has employees who run the club on a day-to-day basis, so being on the management committee is normally not too much work – just a few meetings per year once a venue has been found and we are back to normal business.

If anyone would like to help, please contact Anne Hook 07851 671027

If no one comes forward, the Youth Club will be forced to close, which would be very sad.

Poppleton Parish Councillors to investigate merging

At July’s respective meetings Nether Poppleton and Upper Poppleton councillors discussed whether the two Parish Councils should consider merging. Currently, as they always have been, Nether and Upper are run as separate councils reflecting the two historic different villages, however there is increasingly overlap in the areas of influence and or issues that affect residents of one area sit absolutely under the other and the two communities have long since joined to work together on specific projects. Many residents do not realise where each village starts and ends and few would have any confidence to draw an absolute boundary!

Although both Nether and Upper share a clerk and have worked together on areas like the new website, listing buildings and the significant project of the Neighbourhood Plan both villages retain their separate status. Merging the two councils has been looked at in the past with a considerable amount of research being done by some but there has not overall been sufficient enthusiasm to take the project forward.

Each Parish Council has now appointed two councillors who will meet to look at the process and pros and cons which will include the likes of financial changes, how committees may then function and whether the new parish would be split into wards with a certain number of councillors having to represent Nether and a number representing Upper and indeed whether it would become a larger Parish Council or would become a Town Council.

The sub group will then report to their respective Parish Councils who will look at taking the project further or not. It must be emphasised that this exercise is just councillors looking at possibilities, if anything was to happen it would be subject to a formal consultation and process led by City of York Council. However we are always interested in your thoughts and if you have any please contact the clerk James Mackman.

Tree Planting Survey

A few weeks ago we gave details of the discussions held at Nether Poppleton Parish Council about possibly planting more trees in the village. We now have a survey live for you to feed in your thoughts, it would be great if you could take a brief few moments to complete it.

There are just seven questions and you do not have to complete them all but the more specifics you can give about trees you would (or would not) like to see the better. One asks for your post code, this is simply so we and try and understand how widely our survey has been looked at.

Please just click on the link below and feel free to share it with your friends and neighbours!